Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
Under the high patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed ben Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the competitions and activities of the fifteenth session of the Al Dhafra Festival, from January 12 to 22, 2022, will be launched in Madinat Zayed in Al Dhafra region, organized by the Management Committee of Culture and Heritage Festivals and Programs in Abu Dhabi.
The festival includes a number of competitions and heritage events including: camel auctions, mahlab competition, falcon auctions, purebred Arabian horse race, 2500m saluki race, traditional Arab bazaars of Saluki, mazyna dates, happiness sheep bazaar, shooting contest, sour milk contest, and other events. Events and competitions in Al Dhafra heritage market.
The camel auction sees the organization of 81 races for the local camels, Majaheem, Asayel and Al Wadh hybrids, for which 755 prizes were awarded, in addition to the announcement of two Emirates Bayraq prizes worth 6 million dirhams (for the local and Majaheem categories). The Mahaleb competition includes 6 races including four for the localities (Orabi Tlad, Khawair Tlad, Orabi Sharaya, Khawawir Sharaya), and two races for the localities (Sharaya and Maftouh), and 60 prizes were awarded to them, distributed among the first ten places in each round.
Eight heritage competitions will also be organized, for which 240 valuable prizes will be awarded, divided between the following competitions: falcon matches, purebred Arabian horse race, 2500m Saluki race, Saluki Arab heritage matches, date matches , sheep matches, archery contest, and curd contest.
The Al Dhafra Festival aims to preserve purebred camel breeds, increase the number of camel owners participating in Mazina competitions and heritage competitions related to the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of the region, preserve popular heritage , encourage members of the Emirati and Gulf society to practice it in its various forms, and to strengthen human and social ties, in addition to contributing to the development of domestic and Gulf tourism, stimulating economic activity and strengthening the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a premier destination for camel fairs and heritage events, locally, regionally and internationally.